Big Bald Bobby was driving us from the Inn at Aspen to the Hotel Jerome downtown when we struck up a conversation about blogging. He writes for AspenPost.net when he's not working, downhill biking or skiing or spending time with his girlfriend.
He told how AspenPost.net has become a local news source for the community and about how it routinely beats the local newspaper at stories. Sounds like a perfect example of how mainstream media is losing influence while citizen journalism is gaining prominence.
So, I've been checking out this Aspen community blog on a regular basis and found this post on how newspapers are losing readers. In fact, they are on a pretty steep downward spiral. It will be a while before they crash and burn, but they are in a flame out mode.
Check this out: The post says that newspaper readership averaged 80.8 percent in 1964, went below 70 percent in 1980, below 60 percent in 1995 and stood at 51.6 percent in 2005.
I remember when I couldn't live without getting the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, in addition to the Lansing State Journal. Now I read them online along with other papers.
It used to be fun sitting in a coffeeshop with a fresh brewed cup and the paper. I guess now it's with my iBook.